Hi, I’m Karolina.  I work at a tech company by day (computer scientist by training), and I love design.  I blog about my house and the things I do with it in my spare time.

Having spent most of my life in Canada, I’m now an expat living in California, in an Eichler home.  I am not sure if I’ll be here for good, and I love the house, so I’m documenting all the fun I’m having with it on this blog.  Most often the fun involves furniture and decorating, and sometimes it involves digging and manual labour.  I’ll focus on the former here.

I like tea, dogs, British spellings of words, agaves, teak furniture, naps, and traveling around California.  And I share the house with my husband David and our dog Winston, who is a miniature Schnauzer.




What makes this house special?

The house is an Eichler Home, designed (most probably) by architects Jones & Emmons in the late 1950s and built by merchant builder Joseph Eichler.  I fell in love with Eichlers when my husband and I started our search for a house here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  These are modernist houses designed and built in the late 1950s through the 1960s for regular folk, like me, which is not something I’d ever expected from tract housing.

Eichlers have very characteristic post and beam construction, with large expanses of glass, creating a feeling of blurring the lines between what is indoors and what is outdoors.  Many also include atriums (as pictured above) which make them feel much larger than their actual square footage.  A very clever design that I feel very lucky to have the chance to experience every day!

I like your style.  Will you help me decorate my house?

I have been known to entertain such offers.  Ask me!

What if I have more questions?  How can I get in touch?

Email me at dearhouseiloveyou [at] gmail.com.

Photo by JetKat Photo.


  • Reply Michelle August 13, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I found your blog through Destination Eichler . Love what you have done with your Eichler! We own a ‘Like-ler’ in Napa and even though we keep saying we are finished, we are still making changes. It never ends! ( Fellow Canadian , from the Toronto area, I have lived here for 14 years. )

    • Reply Karolina August 13, 2015 at 2:40 am

      Hi Michelle! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kind words. Your home is stunning! Great work. I’ll have to devote some evenings to going through your archives. And cheers, fellow Canadian!

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